A bill that sought to “prohibit the abortion of any child solely because of a diagnosis of possible Down syndrome” was rejected by the Democratic governor of the state of Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the bill on Nov. 21, saying “There is no evidence that this bill is needed in Pennsylvania,” according to Daily Caller.
The president of Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said Wolf signed a “death sentence” for babies with Down syndrome, adding, “Governor Wolf is an abortion extremist who consistently obstructs the will of Pennsylvanians,” according to the Western Journal.
The protest was also joined by the president of the Family Institute, Michael Geer, who saw in the governor’s measure an application of the theory of eugenics.
The eugenics theory was aimed at increasing the genetic quality of the human species, and some of its aspects are “strongly linked to progressive and left-wing movements,” epidemiologist and eugenics researcher Nicole Novak, from the University of Iowa (USA), told OpenMind.
“Governor Tom Wolf believes it’s just fine to kill babies in the womb solely because of a prenatal diagnosis of a disability,” Geer said, adding, “That is eugenics. That’s wrong,” quoted by the Susan B. Anthony List page.
House Bill 321, introduced by state Rep.Kate A. Klunk(R-169 District) protected unborn babies with Down syndrome, except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergency.
Abortion is one of the hot topics in the upcoming U.S. election campaign, in which all Democratic presidential hopefuls insist on very radical positions on the matter.
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have called for federal legislation to repeal state regulations on abortion, according to The Daily Caller.
Similarly, candidate Pete Buttigieg argues that an unborn baby can be killed just before it breathes for the first time.
Yet a 2018 Gallup study found that only 13 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in the third trimester of a pregnancy.